Scheduled: Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Max: 30 students
The Sampler Stories presentation includes 40-50 photos of Scottish, English and American samplers in my personal collection dating from the early 1720s through 1850. The photos are divided into Scottish, English, and American categories and include my Six Ten Commandment samplers. I have had posters made of my photographs so those who attend can see the samplers up close.
Before looking at the sampler photos, I will briefly discuss the history of samplers as they evolved from long narrow memory aids to frame worthy examples of female accomplishment. I will review the types of fabrics and threads that were used to make the samplers. We will consider the structure of childhood education in Scotland and in England during the time period. We will also take a quick look at historical events taking place during the 1720-1850 time period that my samplers represent and will play a Scottish Naming Game.
Attendees will quickly learn to identify the combination of design elements that make Scottish Samplers unique and will obtain clues for discerning whether a sampler was made in England and we will briefly discuss Norfolk samplers. Everyone will interactively hunt for Scottish and English identification clues as we see photos and prints of the samplers.
We will end the lecture by looking at a few American Samplers. They include a Quaker Sampler made in 1801 by Ann Wilson of Bucks County, PA who had significant ties to Westtown School, and a Memorial Sampler painted by Samuel Folwell and embroidered by Lydia Caulk when she attended Mrs. Folwell’s school in Philadelphia. I will share what I have learned about Ann and Lydia and several of my other sampler makers.